Definition of grade point average in US English:

grade point average

(also GPA)


  • An indication of a student's academic achievement at a college or university, calculated as the total number of grade points received over a given period divided by the total number of credits awarded.

    • ‘Any in-state student with a 3.0 grade point average is eligible to receive a scholarship if he or she attends an institution in the state.’
    • ‘However, although the score affects a student's grade point average, cadets are not required to pass it.’
    • ‘Don't think the female students' grade point average will not fall; they will, because schools will want the best athletes, not just the best student athletes.’
    • ‘Among educational risk factors, school involvement, grade point average, and reading achievement test scores significantly predict failure to graduate high school.’
    • ‘Of those, 14 Asians and 70 Whites were rejected despite higher college grades compared with the median grade point average of the non-Asian minority students.’
    • ‘In addition, generic nursing students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 for each course taken to receive payment.’
    • ‘Perhaps that's the reason I've had some success at writing but graduated from college with a 2.11 grade point average.’
    • ‘Trying to maintain a 3.9 grade point average in college to keep my scholarship only exacerbated the obsession, and I lived for years in a cage of thought about what I was or was not going to eat next.’
    • ‘Whereas, a student with a high grade point average and test scores may have what it takes to be admitted to college, it does not necessarily equate to successful retention and ultimately graduation.’
    • ‘Retention of Asian Pacific Americans is similarly correlated with grade point average and number of credit hours.’
    • ‘Her 3.9 grade point average as a graduate student got Gilliam accepted, but financial assistance was another story.’
    • ‘Our admissions standards are much higher than many private colleges, requiring students to possess a 3.0 minimum grade point average upon acceptance.’
    • ‘Students with a grade point average of 2.5 or less were relatively less successful than their peers.’
    • ‘Neither the teacher nor course rating was associated with the college cumulative grade point average of the student.’
    • ‘He found that the fewer absences a student had during the semester, the higher the student's grade point average.’
    • ‘Information about both school persistence and grade point average was obtained from students' transcripts.’
    • ‘To transfer out of General College, students must earn a 2.0 grade point average.’
    • ‘Full-time students with a grade point average of 3.2 or better who have taken no more than thirty-five credits are invited to join the Honors Program.’
    • ‘The Nursing Program in our college requires a student to maintain a grade point average of 2.5 at a minimum.’
    • ‘Similarly, academic achievement at least in terms of grade point average, was an important factor here and in the previous study.’


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